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Lesson 7 from Do Something, Inc. of their Eating Healthy unit focuses on BMI - body mass index. There is a link for your learners to calculate where they fall on the BMI spectrum. They can click on the website and enter their birthdate and current weight. Using this information, a calculation will be made. This might help kids think a little more about their eating and exercising habits. Perhaps they will even consider making changes to their lifestyle.
Students research to find the correct servings for each of the food groups. In this healthy eating instructional activity, students understand the importance of shopping habits in getting healthy. Students access the healthy fridge site to get tips for their families. Students determine the cost of a healthy snack as compared to other snacks.
An incredible series of lessons on the human body is here for you! Young scientists explore various websites, construct a skeleton using macaroni, compare/contrast a frog skeleton to a human skeleton, label the main parts of the human body, and create a clay model heart. Wow! What a lesson plan!
Examine how nutrition plays an important role in our lives by conducting online research and developing lunch menus that satisfy nutritional requirements set up by the United States Department of Agriculture. Students download recipes, create ethnic variations on the food pyramid, and use Excel to convert recipes. In addition, they create a cost sheet for feeding different amounts of students.
Students work with the Food Guide Pyramid. In this Food Guide Pyramid lesson, students draw a large rendering of the food pyramid on a piece of butcher paper. They cut out pictures of foods and place them on the food pyramid, they play a food pyramid game, and discuss the portions of food that they need to complete the pyramid. They write a letter to a family member or teacher telling about one food that they will substitute with a healthy choice.
First graders go on a journey through the human body. Join the teacher and her helper, who is dressed in a bodysuit that is designed to help the systems come alive. They lead the class through the "skeletal" basics of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. An inventive, and highly engaging series of lessons.
What is obesity and what are some steps that can help? Investigate obesity by having your class read and discuss articles about obesity. Students gain knowledge about body mass index, the food pyramid, being overweight and dieting. They will also discuss how the media portrays food to kids and make a list of healthy foods and unhealthy foods in grocery store ads. Great health activity!
Students explore the food pyramid and recommended daily allowances. In this health lesson, students examine the food pyramid to gather information about a healthy diet. Students use the information they found to create a food collage and healthy diet for their everyday lives.
Young learners explore addition and subtraction in an activity designed around the food pyramid. Pairs work together to collect pictures of foods that fit in each of the categories, then they add and subtract their pictures to come up with different sums and differences. An excellent worksheet is included in this lesson as well.
First graders explore the nutrition recommendations using selected Internet sources to examine the food pyramid for children. They discuss the attributes of the food groups as well as physical activity. The culminating activities for the lesson include playing "My Pyramid Go Fish" and using clocks to identify meal and play times.
Middle schoolers examine the different food groups on the food pyramid. In groups, they discover the proper amount to eat from each food group and how to prepare healthy meals. They keep a food journal and calculate the amount of calories they take in taking into account the amount of physical activity they receive in a day. To end the lesson, they discuss whether being a vegetarian is healthier than not.